Jun 1 • 43M

Bill Browder on Putin the skilled psychologist & psychopath

The story of hedgie turned human rights activist

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Introducing Bill Browder

Following last week's conversation with titan of industry, Sir Martin Sorrell, this time I'm talking to another titan, the inspiring Bill Browder. If all Bill had achieved was hedge fund success, he would be regarded, as the most significant foreign private investor in Russia, as standout.

But it's Bill work as a human rights activist over the last decade that marks him out as a man of great courage and conviction; for he has fought Russian corruption, and by proxy Vladimir Putin, in the name of his lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who was brutally tortured and murdered for standing up against the regime. Now, the international Magnitsky Act stands in Sergei's name.

Get ready for a real life thriller and if you want more, you should buy Bill’s books Red Notice and just published Freezing Order which tell these amazing stories in full!

Show notes

  • Communists, academics and family rebellion

  • The story of the Magnitsky Act & Putin’s Achilles Heal

  • Putin and the Trump family

  • How we behave under duress: moral valour vs. physical pain

  • Standing up to Russian corruption and the consequences

  • Putin the skilled psychologist and psychopath

  • Under threat of Russian arrest and coping strategies

  • Trump, Robert Mueller, Putin and the fateful press conference

  • Time to stop dealing with countries committing human rights abuses

Next time with Professor Paul Dolan

Known to his mates as Professor Happy, Paul knows what makes us feel good. It's all about what we pay attention to. He wants us to choose to spend our time doing things that bring us pleasure or give us purpose… and ideally both. He will tell us how we can redesign our lives to be happier. He will also explain why we care so much about what other people do, and how we can learn to listen more to those that disagree with us. 

Paul is Professor of Behavioural Science at the LSE. His main research interests are human behaviour and happiness, and the relationships between them, particularly as they apply to policy. He is author of the bestselling books Happiness by Design and Happy Ever After. He is also host of the Duck / Rabbit podcast about the polarisation problem in our society.

Be well and till next time,